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Biology/Pre-Dentistry Concentration BIPD

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
General Education
This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Required Courses or Program:
Biology classes
BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 122 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 321 Human Physiology-Anatomy 1 4
BIOL 322 Human Physiology-Anatomy 2 4
BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 460 Current Topics in BIOL 2
Biology electives 300 or higher (consult advisor) 7 - 9
*BIOL 370 (recommended) 4
Choose 1 of the following 2 Microbiology classes:
BIOL 286 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 386 Microbiology and Immunology 5
Choose 1 of the following 3 Ecology classes:
BIOL 346 Ecological Assessment 3
BIOL 347 Environmental Conservation 3
BIOL 442 Ecology 3
Supporting Sciences
MATH 120 Trigonometry 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry 2 5
Choose 1 of the following 2 Biochemistry classes:
CHEM 324 Fund of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 364 Biochemistry 4
Choose 1 of the following 2-course Physics sequences:
PHYS 211 Introductory Physics 1 4
PHYS 212 Introductory Physics 2 4
PHYS 241 General Physics 1 5
PHYS 242 General Physics 2 5
Biology Application Area 3
RMLS 122 Responding to Emergencies 2
Additional Program Requirements
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
Electives to a credit total of: 121 credits (consult advisor) 12 15
MGMT 310 Small Business Management 3

Why Choose Pre-Dentistry?

The Pre-Dentistry program at Ferris emphasizes natural science courses including biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, human physiology, anatomy and physics. This program is designed to prepare you for qualifying exams (DAT) and for professional schools.

Get Accepted to Dental School

A letter of acceptance from a dental school doesn`t come easily. It requires effort, time and careful preparation. Professors and advisors with knowledge and expertise in this field are essential, and students get a helping hand into dental school from the professionals at Ferris.

In fact, professional training in the health fields has been a specialty at Ferris for more than 100 years. Graduates of the Pre Dentistry program at Ferris benefit from this rich history and take with them important hands-on skills as they pursue a position in dental school. Students must be aware that admission to dental schools is highly selective and the student must achieve a very high grade average and DAT score to be competitive. FSU graduates with this type of academic accomplishment experience a high rate of acceptance into dental schools.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics sub test scores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and a mathematics course or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Dentistry program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall.

Entrance to most dental schools is highly competitive. Most schools do not accept applicants who have less than a 3.5 college GPA. Applicants also must take qualifying exams (DAT) and be interviewed by dental school personnel. Students may earn only one degree in Biology (either B.S. or B.A.) from Ferris State University.

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Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

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